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Willem W. Jewett

Willem Jewett's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Willem W. Jewett
Office: State House (VT) - Addison-2, Democratic Majority Leader
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - Addison-2
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jean Cherouny; 2 Children: Abigail, Anneke
Birth Date: 08/23/1963
Birth Place: New Rochelle, NY
Home City: Ripton, VT
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Vermont State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

This is a decision that should be left to a woman and her Dr. Government has no place in the discussion.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key,indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Vermont's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Vermont's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

We have always balanced our budget; even without a constitutional requirement. Even in the recent economic downturn we have been able to maintain balanced budgets without broad based tax increases or sognificant program cuts. This may be more difficult as the federal government backs away from its partnership with the states.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

The intersection of money and politics represents, in my mind, one of the greatest threats to our democracy. That said, we are greatly constrained in what we can do by some terrible decisions (Citizens United chief among them) from the US Supreme Court. For the time being I think we need to focus on meaningful disclosure and enforcement.

As for redestricting, we were able to redistrict the state of Vermont in a bipartisan manner. I don't think we need big changes to our process.

Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
c) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I am uncertain of my position relative to decriminalization at this time. I am compelled by the fact that our "war on drugs" has failed. I am also dismayed by our seemingly endless desire to make "records" on people, especially young people. THat said, I am raising two girls and I worry about the message sent by decriminalizing.

All juvenile offenses should originate in juvenile court and there should be a process to move the appropriate cases up to adult court. Currently our process works almost in the opposite.

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:

WE should always be looking both for where we need to reduce regulation and for where additional regulation is needed. For instance, we need more regulation of toxic substances but I think we need less regulation of education.

Now is not the time to expand access to UI; we need to focus on restoring the fund's fiscal stability,

If the banks follow the law and really review borrowers for mortgage modification eligibility many non-performing loans will become performing and folks will get to stay in their houses.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Vermont high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Vermont's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Do you support the construction of mountaintop wind turbines?
Yesg) Do you support closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I am not sure we really have any "traditional" energy sources here in Vermont.

I am not sure what is meant by "energy infrastructure". If we are talking about pipelines and transmission lines I think that the ratepayers can take care of these costs.

I support properly sited wind whether they are on mountaintops or not. Our permitting process for wind here in Vermont is very rigorous. I understand that there are aesthetic issues but there are issues with every energy source.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Yesg) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I am not thrilled with requiring individuals to purchase health insurance but it may be the only way to get universal buy-in AND universal access.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Vermont continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

These are personal issues that do not impact anyone else; government does not need to impose itself in these matters

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

One of our greatest challenges will be in addressing the pullback of the federal government from the federal-state partnership. On average we all pay quite a bit more in federal tax than in state tax. It should be no surprise that roughly 2/3 of our spending is of federal dollars. I am concerned that the state of Vermont will not have the ability to deal with the federal cutbacks.

Reform of our system of health insurance is a big priority. This is a large and difficult job. It needs to be done and it needs to be done well.

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